Tuesday, August 20, 2013

Back to Reality: What Reality Really Means as a Writer

Yesterday, my daughter, who'd been visiting for a few days, left us.

The void was palatable.

Before leaving she said, "I guess it's time to get back to reality."

Her reality? Raising two girls, working full time and trying to keep up with everything else.

My reality?

Well, it's this, and starting up with my mentoring again, and pretty much doing a catch up. It's what we all do when we return from vacation.

Still, her "well used" comment, made me wonder.

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What do we, as writers, consider reality?

Is it only about the work? Is it only taking care of our children or making a quick trip to the grocery store? Or is it something more?

I'd like to consider those times that I get that "ah-ha" when I'm writing, a reality. I'd also like to think that writing without really thinking, is the best way to write; when I'm really tapped into the best kind of reality, because that's when my writing flows.

Reality. What is it for you?

I hope it's not all about work, but that it is also, for you, about vacation; those times, when you kick back a little and breathe in all that the world has to offer.


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